Slow Down Your Leadership

March 2, 2015    
Brian Lucas    

There’s an old African proverb that says, “alone we go fast, together we go far.” You might get things done quickly, but if you’re not giving away leadership to willing and awesome leaders on your team, you’ll find that the only place you’re headed is burnout. And you’ll get there real fast. Try these three tips for SHARING your leadership to make your ministry run better and go farther: 1. Share your…    read more 

Don’t Kill Yourself – Volunteers are Key

September 23, 2014    
Brent Aiken    

Volunteers… We don’t always have them but we need them. I have been in Youth Ministry for a little over 4 years now and for about the first 3 years I thought that everything was my responsibility. I did three lessons a week, scheduled a meal sign up sheet and made contact with whoever was signed up for the current week, spent as much time as I could with the students (which…    read more 

Streamlining Church Communications

January 23, 2014    
Nick Farr    

I was talking to a friend in our Facebook community and he added the title “Church Communications Director” to his title. That got me thinking about my time as a communications director for a global missions organization. If you are in a similar situation, below are some tips that will help your ministry be productive and ensure the highest quality. The list isn’t exhaustive, but it should help. If you have any…    read more 

Career vs. Calling: Making It Clear

October 4, 2013    
Josh Sutton    

We just wrapped up our Roundtable Tuesday and had a great discussion on Youth Ministry and the differences between Career and Calling. I wanted to follow up and write a little more about what I believe. Calling I truly believe that all Christ-followers are called into ministry. When you follow Christ he calls you to minister to the people around you, starting with your family, your work, your school, your city, your state,…    read more 

Protecting Your Investment: Helping Seniors Make the Transition

January 4, 2013    
Josh Fuentes    

Helping our seniors make the transition from youth to young adult is one of the most important aspect of our jobs. Depending on when your students enter your youth group, you have spent the last six to seven years pumping into your senior’s lives, and not taking the time to give them one last push before they leave the nest is ridiculous. We have an incredible opportunity to walk next to our…    read more 

Passion of Presence

November 6, 2012    
Josh Read    

Have you ever been in a conversation that is engaging? You are talking and listening back and forth. But, something happens in the moment. It is that moment when their voice starts sounding like a car engine and just like that, your mind is now in a race car speeding down the track! One of the areas of my life that I struggle with is being present. My mind is continually running…    read more 

Homosexuality, Christianity, and Student Ministry

October 29, 2012    
Frank Gil    

Disclaimer: Before we can begin talking about this I have to put my cards on the table with where I stand and what I believe the scriptures tell us on this topic. If you fundamentally disagree with what the next paragraph says then this post will be meaningless to you and maybe even offensive. However, I am just being faithful to my convictions and my understanding of the scriptures. I believe homosexuality…    read more 

The Prosperity Gospel and Youth Ministry

October 29, 2012    
Keith Parker    

If you’ve been around Christianity for any amount of time, you have no doubt been exposed to the Prosperity Gospel.  This “health and wealth” version of the Word of God started as a movement around 1940, and has taken various forms and nuances ever since.  In short, this “gospel” says that God wants all devoted Christians to have spiritual, financial, and physical blessings, and that He works to that end for all…    read more 

Why Do They Do That? [VIDEO]

September 18, 2012    

Sitting home with a fever, about nine thousand Halls Breezers, green tea, and coffee, I decided to see if there were any TED Talks on the main page that caught my attention.  For those of you that don’t know, let me take a few sentences to drastically improve your life.  TED Talks are lectures on either Technology, Entertainment, or Design (TED) with a very specific time limit and a laser focus on…    read more 

Being Available To Students

September 17, 2012    
Jeremy Smith    

40 hours a week just does not seem like enough time to get everything done with my youth ministry. Pizza parties and paintballing with students is wonderful building time with students, but it requires coordinating rides, advertising, getting the volunteers, and ensuring everyone has fun. Then you have youth group, small groups, discipleship time, planning times, training volunteers, meeting with parents and senior pastors, and whatever other odd jobs along the way….    read more